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El Rio Community Health offering free back to school screenings

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - El Rio Community Health Center is offering free back to school screenings in July and August, according to a recent release.

The events are being provided at three Boys & Girls Clubs locations across Tucson and are available to students age 5 to 18, to get their 2014 - 2015 school year shots. Families with no health insurance are encouraged to attend. According to the recent release there will be no out of pocket expenses for families. For those who have health insurance coverage they need to bring their insurance cards with them, this goes for those on AHCCCS-KidsCare or private insurance.

Current immunizations are especially important for those entering kindergarten, 11-year-olds and 16-year-olds to be vaccinated; many may not be able to begin school with being current on all shots.

There will also be a dental team on hand for screenings and fluoride varnish treatments. Free vision screenings, for both students and their parents, will be provided thanks to the Lions Club.

Tucson Medical Center will also be at the event to give away a limited number of free booster seats.

According to the release from El Rio the first 200 school age children at each event will receive a free backpack.

Representatives with AHCCCS and the Pima County Access Program (PCAP) will be available at all events with information on how to apply for services.

In order to receive vaccinations the parent or legal guardian must be present; students must also bring a current shot records and insurance cards (if they have insurance) in order to get the shots.

The events will be at the following places and times:

July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse (2585 E. 36th Street, 85713)

August 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Roy Drachman Clubhouse (5901 S. Santa Clara Road, 85706).

For more information on these events please call El Rio Community Health Center at (520) 670-3909 or go online to www.elrio.org.

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